Brooks Transcend 2 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Transcend 2 provides a comfortable ride with support you barely notice. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a soft and smooth ride to neutral runners...

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The Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 while not falling in the same category of running shoes, look very much alike in the type of materials they use and their properties.

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The Brooks Transcend 2 has a no-sew upper with midfoot bands to help strap your foot in and keep it in place.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 also has no-sew overlays in its upper, but unlike the Brooks Transcend 2, it has some stitches in the broad overlays that wrap the midfoot.

Nonetheless, both running shoes provide a good amount of support around the midfoot where support is generally needed most.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel, so the differences in the upper are minimal.

The midsoles of the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 consist of the same material, that is, Super DNA, which provides 25% more cushioning than the cushioning found in other Brooks running shoes.

This does not automatically make both running shoes equally cushy, though.

The Brooks Transcend 2 has a somewhat thicker midsole, so sits a little bit higher off the ground than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

However, the difference in heel-to-toe drop is not large between the two running shoes; less than 1 mm difference.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Transcend 2 has a more cushy forefoot but a less cushy heel than the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men and women.

They also indicate that the difference in cushioning is not that big, however, if you are a heel-striker, the Brooks Glycerin 13 may suit you better than the Brooks Transcend 2.

The biggest difference in the midsole comes in the form of rails along the top edge of the midsole of the Brooks Transcend 2 that are meant to encourage your hips, knees, and joints to move in their unique motion path.

Where other stability running shoes generally use a medial post to control overpronation, the Brooks Transcend 2 uses Guide Rails to achieve the same thing. This is the unique type of stability offered by the Brooks Transcend 2.

Similarities between the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Transcend 2 continue in the outsole where both have pressure zones to disperse impact, and a rounded heel for better alignment of your joints and stress reduction.

They both also provide full ground contact thereby increasing their potential of offering you smooth heel-to-toe transitions as well as a touch of stability.

Since both outsoles are quite similar and the cushioning in both running shoes come close to each other, one might think that they are also equally flexible.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that this is true for the women's versions of the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 where both turn out to be pretty stiff running shoes.

However, for men, the Brooks Glycerin 13 turns out to be way more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 2.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs about 11.7 oz (332 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

Both the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Transcend 2 are running shoes that are suitable to be worn by bigger runners, and they are both plush running shoes.

The main difference is that the Brooks Transcend 2 provides a discrete amount of stability and support, compared to the Brooks Glycerin 13.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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